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'Matty D,' Giolito lead White Sox to series win

August 27, 2017

CHICAGO -- Lucas Giolito twirled seven shutout innings for his first career win and was aided by a five-run outburst in the third as the White Sox knocked off the Detroit Tigers, 7-1, on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field to win their second consecutive series and complete a winning homestand.Giolito,

CHICAGO -- Lucas Giolito twirled seven shutout innings for his first career win and was aided by a five-run outburst in the third as the White Sox knocked off the Detroit Tigers, 7-1, on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field to win their second consecutive series and complete a winning homestand.
Giolito, making his second start in a White Sox uniform, looked more polished with his secondary pitches than he was in his club debut on Aug. 21, and allowed just three hits and six total baserunners while striking out four. The White Sox No. 6 prospect and No. 59 prospect in baseball, according to MLB, managed to throw all his pitches for strikes, drawing 12 swings-and-misses -- with five coming on a fastball that topped out at 93.9 mph, according to Statcast™.
"We did a good job of filling up the strike zone with honestly all four of my pitches," Giolito said. "For the most part, throwing the slider pretty well. It was actually a pretty good swing-and-miss pitch at times.
"It was one of those days where I was able to get all four of my pitches working for a strike and then being able to throw that good one down when I needed it. It all worked together."

"He used all his pitches, threw them for strikes, and used changeups even against right-handed hitters," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It was a nice job."
Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd (aka "Matty B" during Players Weekend) -- ran into trouble in the form of a five-run third inning. Boyd allowed an RBI double to Tim Anderson, followed by a Tyler Saladino RBI single before Matt Davidson launched a three-run homer to complete the White Sox damage.

Outside of the crooked number in the third, Boyd pitched rather efficiently, allowing just the five runs over six innings while striking out seven and walking one.

"Matty D" > "Matty B": The battle between the "Matty-" based Player's Weekend nicknames came to a head in the third inning. With a pair on and two runs already across and two outs, White Sox third baseman Matt Davidson took a 3-2, 92.6-mph fastball from Boyd deep to right field for a three-run homer. The shot, which left the yard at 104.5 mph and traveled 403 feet, according to Statcast™, was Davidson's first home run since a right wrist injury sent him to the DL at the beginning of August. Davidson now has 23 homers in his rookie season.
"I made a mistake up, and he hit it up," Boyd said.
"I was just looking for a good pitch to hit, keeping it in the zone," Davidson said. "He left one there, and I got it."
Juuuust Foul: After a pair of walks and a single loaded the bases with two outs for the Tigers against Giolito in the seventh, Jose Iglesias appeared to have hit a grand slam down the left-field line that would have cut the deficit to 5-4 and likely knocked the White Sox rookie out of the game. However, after third-base umpire Nick Mahrley initially ruled that Iglesias' batted ball went fair, first-base umpire and crew chief Jim Reynolds summoned the umpires. The group conferred, and the call was overturned without a review. Iglesias would ground out to end the inning and keep it 5-0.
"Off the bat, it was a little scary," Giolito said. "But then I saw it sail foul and I'm, like, "All right, strike one. Let's get to the rest of this at-bat and get it out of this inning.' But it took a little bit for the umpires to deliberate over it and everything. After that I was backed to being locked in and trying to get them out and out of the inning."
"From my angle, which is almost directly down the line, I could tell that it was clearly foul," Ausmus said.
"It's a huge relief. Last year didn't go the way I wanted it to. And now I get the opportunity back up here again, I just want to take that opportunity and do everything I can to take advantage of it. I'm very happy I was able to get the first 'W,' and I'm looking forward to more." -- Giolito, on his first career win
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler -- who is going by "Bootsie" during Player's Weekend -- homered for the 14th time this season in the eighth inning with a solo shot off Jake Petricka. All of Kinsler's 14 homers in 2017 have been solo shots, giving him the longest streak to start a season since Shin-Soo Choo in 2013 according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Zac Reininger was called upon out of the bullpen in the eighth inning for what was his Major League debut. The righty allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one.

The White Sox had runners on the corners with one out in the eighth inning when Kevan Smith hit a fly ball to center fielder JaCoby Jones. Jose Abreu tagged up on the play and scored after sliding past catcher John Hicks' tag. The Tigers challenged that Abreu left third base too early, but the call stood after a minute-long review. The White Sox were awarded the run and the Tigers lost their challenge.

Tigers: Detroit begins its final Interleague series of the season Monday with an 8:40 p.m. ET game against the Rockies in Denver. Jordan Zimmermann (7-11, 6.11) takes a 6-0 career record against Colorado from his Nationals days into the start.
White Sox: Chicago will have a day off Monday before heading to face Minnesota in the first of a three-game series in a one-city road trip at 7:10 p.m. CT on Tuesday. James Shields (2-4, 5.63 ERA) will start, having allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his four August starts.
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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for based in Chicago.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.